Rev. Dr. John Morrison Case

February 14, 1936November 30, 2018
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Rev. Dr. John Morrison Case, 82, cherished Methodist minister, went to be with the Lord on November 30, 2018, surrounded by his family at Baptist Hospital in Oxford, MS. John is pre-deceased by parents, Rev. Robert and Leeda Case, brother Rev. Robert Lawrence Case of Reddick, FL, and grandson John Shepherd Case of Franklin, TN. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ellen, son John Mark Case (Rose) of Franklin, TN, daughter Renee Case Moore (Keith) of Oxford, MS and son Paul Wesley Case (Margot) of Nashville, TN; three grand-children, Wesley, Andrew and Sam, and three step-grandchildren, Steven, Peyton, and Jackson; brother Rev. Martin E. Case (Betty) of Oxford, and two sisters, Naomi Sigler of Dothan, AL, and Sarah Holifield (Tony) of Fayetteville, AR.

Visitation will be at Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson on Tuesday December 4 from 1-3 followed by the service at 3. Burial will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland, MS. A memorial service will be held on Thursday December 6 at Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 S. 10th Street, Oxford, with visitation from 1-3 and service to follow.

John Morrison Case was born on February 14, 1936 in Fannin, MS to Rev. Robert E. and Leeda Case. John graduated in 1954 from Central High School in Jackson, where he was president of his senior class, valedictorian, and a star athlete in baseball and basketball and an active member in the choral program. John earned his B.A. in Music with an emphasis on voice from Millsaps College in 1959, during which time he was a part-time Minister of Music at Vicksburg United Methodist Church, where he met his future wife, Ellen, who was in the choir. He played for the American Legion baseball team and earned recognition from Major League Baseball scouts. However, John followed his calling to full time ministry and earned his Masters of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1961. In 1987, John received two honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Asbury College in Wilmore, KY and Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson, MS.

Each of the five churches he served in Mississippi received the “church of the year” award under his leadership. These include McLaurin Heights United Methodist Church in Pearl, Clinton Uunited Methodist Church, Forest United Methodist Church, Central United Methodist Church in Meridian, and Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson, during which time the church grew to over 5000 members. Since his retirement in 2000, he has filled pulpits regularly at various churches in northeast Mississippi. John’s ability to proclaim the great Biblical truths of the Christian faith in a clear, understandable and practical way, always filled with humorous and poignant illustrations, made him a much beloved teacher.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Oxford Medical Ministeries Clinic, 205 South Commerce Cove, Oxford MS 38655 and Wesley Biblical Seminary, 787 East Northside Drive, Jackson, MS 39206.


  • Ellen Case, Wife
  • John Mark and wife Rose Case, Son
  • Renee Case and husband Keith Moore, Daughter
  • Paul Wesley and wife Margot Case, Son
  • Rev. Dr. Case also leaves three grand-children, Wesley, Andrew and Sam; three step-grandchildren, Steven, Peyton, and Jackson; brother Rev. Martin E. Case (Betty) of Oxford; and two sisters, Naomi Sigler of Dothan, AL, and Sarah Holifield (Tony) of Fayetteville, AR to cherish his memory.

  • Wesley Moore, Active
  • Andrew Case, Active
  • Mark Case, Active
  • Paul Case, Active
  • Keith Moore, Active
  • Martin Case, Active
  • Tony Holifield, Active
  • Howard Boone, Honorary
  • Charlie Lott, Honorary
  • Sam Farrington, Honorary
  • John Gainey, Honorary
  • Bob Bailey, Honorary
  • Bennie Daniels, Honorary
  • David Case, Honorary


  • Visitation Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 4, 2018
  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, December 6, 2018
  • Memorial Service Thursday, December 6, 2018

Rev. Dr. John Morrison Case

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Lisa Moss-Jones

December 13, 2018


I am so sorry for the loss of your dad, Rev. Dr. Case. He was such a kind and gentle man, and I'll always remember him from your days in Forest. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

With deepest sympathy

Debby Trott

December 9, 2018

Uncle John was such a big part of my life even though we did not see each other often. He will always hold a very special place in my heart. He was an absolute phenomenal leader and will be greatly missed by so many people everywhere. I have so many memories as a child growing up when we celebrated many Christmases together. I will always remember his quiet wisdom. He touched so many lives. Aunt Ellen I will continue to pray for you Mark and Renee and Paul that you all find peace and comfort during this time.

Steve Lanier

December 5, 2018

John was a man of God. He preached Jesus is Lord and taught Jesus is Lord and lived his life under Jesus as Lord. I remember talking with him in his office one time about his vision for the Christ UMC here in Jackson. He wanted to raise up a generation of people who would change the world for Christ by reading the Word, praying the Word, teaching the Word, living the Word and sharing the Word. That was simple but profound at the same time.

Sally Grainger

December 5, 2018

Mark and Paul,

We are sorry for your loss. Reading your father's obituary, I can see you were raised with a fine Christian example and it shows in both of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Graingers (Sally, Greg, David and Jonathan)

Karen ( Crossno) Streit

December 5, 2018

This gentle soul brought me to Christ when I was growing up in Clinton. He always had the youth first in mind. Sunday night events youth choir and sitting up front not the back. He made being a Christian cool but never lost sight of right and wrong. A few years ago he baptised my daughter and was at our side when we almost lost her at 11 months. Today she is 23 and finishing up at mississippi college. He left a legacy that will never be forgotten. With the angels now.

Edward Livingston

December 4, 2018

I have fond memories of John and Ellen at Gibson Memorial Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi, when his father was our pastor. Rev, Case (Robert) truly lived what he preached. I had the privilege of attending his and Ellen's wedding at Gibson Memorial. My thoughts and prayers are with his entire family.

Scott Palmer

December 3, 2018

What an honor, privilege and joy to know John Case. He was our neighbor and friend the years they were in Forest. The impact he made on this community will never be forgotten. The Charles Palmer Family

Chelsea Reeves Carver

December 3, 2018

I was saddened to learn of the passing of my childhood Pastor, Rev. Dr. John Case. As a child, I remember Rev. Case being “the coolest” because SOMETIMES he would perform Yo-Yo tricks during his sermons to accompany his message. ;)
One of the greatest gifts he gave to me was my Bible. I have had this Bible since the 3rd grade. I remember that day well. During a special church service, Rev. Case called all the 3rd graders to the front of the sanctuary, sat us down, and explained the importance of having our own Bible, showing us our red Bibles as he spoke. Then, he said, "now this Bible is supposed to be red...", making a play on words to remind us to READ our Bibles. It was the first time I remember hearing a joke from the pulpit and I remember thinking, "That. Is. Awesome!"
This little red Bible has been a part of my life for a long time. The pages are filled with underlines. The margins are filled with notes. It has been well used.
I have always known Rev. Case to be genuine, welcoming, and kind. It is fitting that yesterday was the first Sunday of Advent: the Sunday we think about hope. Rev. Case gave to me the gift of hope in my little red Bible over 30 years ago.
Although my heart grieves, I am incredibly thankful for the life of Dr. Rev. John Case and his influence over my life.

Donna Stephens Darwin

December 3, 2018

Brother Case was such an inspiration to my parents, Van “Bob” and Syble Stephens, my brother Van and myself when we lived on Jeffries Drive, Pearl, MS in the early 1960’s. I accepted Christ during this time as a result of Brother Case’ teachings through his sermons at First United Methodist, Pearl, MS. Mom and Dad were so very close to Brother Case and Ellen and their children. Oh the memories I have and love from such a wonderful family. My sincere condolences to such a precious man’s family.

Steve/Renee Middleton

December 2, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Steve Middleton and I (Renee' Harry Middleton) attended Christ United from 1987-1997 and met in the singles group. We were married at Christ United in Sept. 1990 and have special memories of our time we spent there. Rev. John Case meant a lot to us and we grew stronger in our Lord Jesus and our faith through his ministry and sermons and the church as a whole. Ellen, you were an inspiration to us as well. We were blessed by your beautiful smile, friendliness and genuine care for others. Christ's peace. Steve and Renee' Middleton